Abbas to Trump: ‘Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would be a disaster’

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrote to the US President-elect, Donald Trump, to warn that transferring the US embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would have a ‘disastrous’ turn in the region, reported on Monday a press agency official from Palestinian Wafa, quoted by AFP.

Moving the embassy would have ‘a disastrous impact on the peace process, on a solution to two states and the stability and security of the entire region’, Abbas wrote in the letter that was sent on an unspecified date.

Abbas also wrote to other leaders, including those of Russia, China and the EU, asking them to ‘spare no effort’ to counter such a transfer, as Wafa reported.

Trump promised during the election campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, contrary to the historical politics of the United States, which is the overwhelming majority of the international community.

Israel proclaimed whole Jerusalem as being its indivisible capital, including East Jerusalem, its Palestinian majority part, which Israel has occupied and annexed in 1967. This annexation was never recognized by the international community. Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of the state they aspire.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most difficult issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict settlement.

Israel supports Trump’s project after they have unsuccessfully encouraged other previous American presidents to install the embassy to Jerusalem.

The incumbent US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said last week on CBS that moving the embassy would cause ‘an explosion, an absolute explosion in the region, not only in the West Bank, but even in Israel and also throughout the region.’